BBC's 500 Words has officially opened!

We’re thrilled to see the return of the BBC’s 500 Words creative writing competition for 2023!

This year, with a focus on primary schools, the entries will be split into two age categories: 5-7 year olds and 8-11 year olds. 500 Words is the UK’s most successful children’s writing competition and will be accepting entries until Friday, November 10.

Children of all abilities are encouraged to unleash their creativity and imagination by writing stories they’d enjoy reading, without the need to stress over spelling, punctuation, or grammar.

Fifty finalists, accompanied by their parents or caregivers, will receive an exclusive invitation to a spectacular grand final taking place at Buckingham Palace next February! As an added bonus, the bronze, silver, and gold winners from each age group will have the privilege of having their stories read by celebrities. Plus, you can catch all the excitement as the event is featured on a special 500 Words program with The One Show, set to air on World Book Day, March 7, 2024.

How to Enter BBC’s 500 Words

Submissions for the competition are now open and can be entered here. All stories must be typed and submitted by an adult. Teachers submitting on behalf of students must first obtain  permission from the child’s parent or guardian.

For eligibility, children must be residing in the UK and be of the appropriate age for their relevant category by Friday, November 10th, when the competition closes.

You can find more information on 500 Words here. Will you be entering your class? Let us know!